Conclusion: For the Divx 7 benchmark, we took a short 1080 HD video clip and passed it through the Divx 7 converter tool. This processes was repeated 5 times, with the media time reported as the final result. For this benchmark, we again found little difference between the i7-980X and i7-975. The performance difference here came out to roughly 5%, much of which can be attributed to the additional cache on the i7-980X.
Summary: Verdict: There’s no denying the 980X is an impressive beast. The only issue is that it’s still ahead of the software curve, so unless you’re already using multi-threaded software, it’s better to wait for the 980X’s price to drop before taking the plunge.
Pros: Insanely fast when tackling multi-threaded software, compatible with existing X58 motherboards, same TDP as older quad-core chip.
Six Cores for a Desktop: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU Review
13 April 2010
Summary: Year 2010 will be remembered in the computer industry as the time when six-core processors entered the desktop segment. Intel was the first one to announce their six-core solution – a 999-dollar Nehalem modification featuring more computational cores and manufactured with 32 nm technological process.
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Review: An Overall Look at the Core i7 Family
23 March 2010
Excerpt: This is an obvious exception to the rule for pretty much any component that's been on the market for over 12 months, and no doubt a current owner pleaser. To further augment this situation, Intel has just recently enhanced the investment that Core i7 customers made in the LGA1366 platform by providing an even more powerful upgrade alternative.
Conclusion: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: 6-CPU cores with 12-processor threads, 32nm Westmere die process technology, Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI), Good for at least 4.0GHz overclock, 12-Watt idle power consumption, Excellent media transcoding or file compression performance, Includes Intel DBX-B Advanced Thermal Solution, Unlocked clock speed multiplier
Cons: Extremely expensive enthusiast product, Additional CPU cores limit overclocking headroom, Does not add performance to high-level gaming platforms
Excerpt: The Intel I7-980x being reviewed today is one of those products coming onto the market that you know know is more of a 32nm victory lap rather than a product that is trying to leap-frog the competition. With nothing in sight that could even touch the Nehalem in terms of performance, the Gulftown adds to an impressive performance market lead that will not be superceded by anyone but themselves for some time to come.
Not Yet Another Core i7 980X Review - Overclocking With LN2
16 March 2010
Summary: Instead of following the flock of hardware reviewing websites and using a series of at least one hundred benchmarks to come the exact same conclusion, we decided to put Intel´s latest, codenamed Gulftown, to a series of extreme tests. Inside, you will find pictures, benchmark results and info on an extremely overclocked Gulftown B1.
Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition - The Fastest of Them ALL
16 March 2010
Conclusion: This has been without a doubt an exceptional day of reckoning for Intel as each major component has performed impeccably. Within the whole article each company who supplied equipment for today, should be extremely pleased with the overall performance of their parts shown. Significantly Intel with the technology upgrade to 32nm process and all the added new instructions.